Mediator says deal reached in Denver transit strike |

Mediator says deal reached in Denver transit strike

DENVER – Denver’s mass transit agency and its largest employee union reached a tentative contract agreement Wednesday that could settle a three-day-old strike, a federal mediator said.Union members planned to continue their walkout until voting on the offer Friday, mediator Christel Jorgensen said, adding that details of the proposed pact would not be announced until after the union has voted.The announcement came after Jorgensen met behind closed doors for several hours with union members and representatives of the Regional Transportation District, including the agency’s general manager.Meanwhile, striking union members waved signs, chanted and cheered at speakers during a rally outside a downtown transit center.”The strike needs to end A-S-A-P,” said Bill McMullen, an elected member of the RTD board who joined the rally, carrying a sign and wearing a union jacket. “We need to do everything we can to resolve this now.”Nearly 1,750 bus drivers, light-rail operators and mechanics walked off the job in a wage-and-benefits dispute early Monday in the first transit strike in metropolitan Denver in 24 years. Many workers were upset at RTD’s latest contract offer after managers’ raises ranging from 38 percent to 48 percent were awarded while union workers’ pay was frozen.Vail, Colorado

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